Carter, Aggies hold off Longhorns
College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Carter posted 24 points and 10
rebounds, as a pair of Big 12 heavyweights from the Lone Star State collided
in College Station, with the sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies topping the Texas
Acie Law IV notched 21 points and 15 assists for Texas A&M (20-3, 8-1), which
was coming off of Saturday’s thrilling 69-66 victory over Kansas on the road.
The Aggies have won their last four games and are 16-0 at home.
Antanas Kavaliauskas posted 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Donald Sloan
added 11 points. The Aggies shot 33-for-65 (51 percent) from the floor.
Kevin Durant posted 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Longhorns (16-7, 6-3),
who lost their second straight and had a 22-game home win streak snapped in
Saturday’s loss to Kansas State.
D.J. Augustin had 23 points and nine assists, while A.J. Abrams netted 14
points. Damion James added 13 points for the Longhorns, who shot 24-for-56 (43
percent) from the field.
Texas A&M raced out to a 21-7 lead early on capped by a Law jumper with 14:37
remaining, however Texas responded with a 9-0 spurt sparked by a Durant jumper
66 seconds later to cut the margin to five. The Aggies staked a 45-40 halftime
With the score deadlocked at 51, the Aggies went on a 6-0 spurt capped by a
Law jumper with 16:22 to go in the second. Durant responded by scoring the
next seven points himself to notch a one-point lead for the Longhorns with
Texas A&M lost two starters to early foul trouble, as Dominique Kirk and
Joseph Jones both fouled out before the six-minute mark. Nevertheless, the
Aggies went on an 11-2 burst snapped by a Durant layup with 3:50 left for a
10-point lead heading down the stretch, and closed the contest on a 13-5 run
to preserve the win.
Texas owns a 71-7 record against in-state opponents since Rick Barnes took
over control of the program, but the club was still an underdog in the
contest…Texas owns a 128-82 lead in the all- time series with Texas A&M, and
the Longhorns have won 33 of the last 39 meetings.